Adeleke Adopts Wednesday As Adire Osun Day, Plans SME Clusters for Craft Industry

As part of moves to boost Adire industry and enhance its cultural strength in Osun State, the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke has directed all public officials to start wearing Adire Osun every Wednesday.

The governor also unveiled plans to create mini-industrial clusters to support the Adire industry and other craft sub-sectors in the state.

A statement by Olawale Rasheed, Spokesperson to the governor on Thursday, indicated a circular issued by the Head of Service, Mr. Ayanleye Aina, that the directive affected all categories of public servants across ministries, departments, and agencies of government including tertiary institutions, local governments, local development council, and area office.

Adeleke noted that the adoption was a development, of its unanimous approval by members of the State Executive Council following its presentation at the last meeting.

Adeleke explained that Adire has its source from Osun state, noting that the new decision will reassert the traditional claim of Osun to the Adire genre.

“Our administration is working on the creation of SME industrial clusters. The Adire and other craft sub-sectors will be supported to grow and flourish.

“By this decision, we are determined to rebuild the Adire industry that is under threat from foreign mass producers. We are poised to breathe life into our culture with Osun as the cradle of the Yoruba nation.”

The Governor further disclosed the resolution of a bilateral meeting with his counterpart from Ogun State, Governor Dapo Abiodun, of hosting an annual celebration of Adire Day.

He added that all political appointees are expected to comply with the directive.

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